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Monday, April 20, 2009

Chocolate-Strawberry Panini

We served this to some friends we had in for dinner and it was a big hit!! Mike (our trusty taste tester) suggest that it needed whipping cream. I just happened to have some thawed cool whip in the fridge so we tried it out. Mike was right the cream added the right sweetness to it, but more than that it was the cool and hot temperatures that made it complete (just like warm apple pie topped with a scoop of ice cream). Hope you get to sink your teeth in to this great dessert. Bon Appetite

Recipe is courtesy Giada De Laurentiis via the Food Network
1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
12 (1/2-inch slices pound cake (from 1 )10.75-ounce) loaf (* I use Costco's pound cake. It's great!)
6 fresh strawberries, hulled and very thinly sliced
Butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray ( I just used a small amount of butter)

Heat a panini grill to medium according to the manufacturer's instructions. Spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread over 1 side of all of the pound cake slices. Arrange the sliced strawberries over 6 cake slices. Cover with the remaining cake slices, chocolate side down. Spray panini grill with nonstick spray and grill each panino until the pound cake is crisp ad golden and the fillings are warm, about 2 minutes. Cut each panino in half and serve.

(If you don't have a a panini grill toast it like you would a grilled cheese sandwich and I think it would work fine.)

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